This past weekend (Valentine’s Day to be exact) I turned 30. Before the big day, many of my close friends and family reassured me that the 30’s are so much better than the 20’s.

In your 20’s you are discovering who you are but in your 30’s you know yourself better and you just get on with things. So even though I’ll never see my 20’s again I’m told that being 30 has some amazing things in store for me. Let’s hope this is true.

As I begin this new chapter of my life, it’s time to say goodbye to the last decade that held some significant markers. I thought I’d take some time to reflect and capture them here. So here goes:

I GOT EDUCATED

I graduated 3 times in the last decade from 3 different universities and I now hold a master's degree in Strategic Fashion Marketing from the London College of Fashion. I also completed a ton of short courses in various things like photography and image consulting so I've managed to gather a few new skills along the way.

DSCF6177I LIVED ABROAD

I spent a large chunk of my 20’s living in London and I loved every minute of it. I recently had a chat to my brother about this beautiful city and we both agree that there are no words to express why we love it so much. We just do!

IMG_3111I EXPLORED OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD

I’ve been very fortunate in this regard. I’ve travelled to some amazing countries in the last decade. I’ve done a chunk of Europe including Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands to name just a few. I’ve also had the opportunity to go to New York, Dubai and most recently a few of the major cities in Australia. Travelling is definitely a passion and I'm hoping my 30's will involve lots more travel adventures and new experiences.

TravelMY EXPANDED FAMILY

It took all this time (and therapy) to realise how much I love and appreciate my family and it’s a good thing too seeing as we’ve expanded exponentially in the last 8 years. I’ve become an aunt 4 times over to my nephews: Zia and Zuhayr and my nieces: Ilhaam and Iliyah.

These little rascals have taught me all about patience (and my lack of it) and how to love unconditionally even when they stick their fingers in elevator doors and give me mild heart attacks or when they pry my eyes open with their little fingers  at 6am on a Saturday to see if I’m ‘awake’.

Family-1MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS

I made some pretty cool friends over the last decade. I may not see and speak to all of them as often as I’d like but the bonds of friendships were forged and will remain.

Friends 2THE ACQUISITION OF MANY SHOES

My job at Burberry may have introduced me to the world of luxury but I’ve always loved shoes. My tastes just changed over time to include a few too many designer footwear. My shoe collection accounts for a large chunk of my earnings over the last decade and I doubt it's a habit I'm going to be able to kick anytime soon.

SHOE COLLECTION

WORKING IN THE REAL WORLD

I can’t say that I loved all my jobs but I am grateful for them. Each job taught me valuable life lessons and skills and off course the money I earned went towards travelling and buying shoes. I also made many of my friends at these jobs. And I’ve been lucky enough to work at some great companies like Burberry and the Mail & Guardian.

I am truly grateful that I have so much to celebrate as I wave goodbye to my 20’s and say hello to my 30’s!

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